Having trouble getting a copy of the text?
If you're still having trouble getting a hard copy of the book, you can download the Kindle app to a device and get a copy of the text through the app. This app is free to download.
Mortal Engines is currently priced at £4.56. The link to Amazon is below:
There is an option to download the Audiobook for free, but you need to pay for a monthly subscription for this. So I would recommend avoiding the audiobook if possible. Unless your adult at home already has a subscription.
Hope this help and I will aim to start book club properly next week :)
Book club - Thursday 26th March 2020
I understand that not everyone has been able to get a copy of the book yet. So for your first book club task, I would like you to predict what you think is going to happen in this story based on the blurb. Here is the blurb below:
"It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea."
The great traction city London has been skulking in the hills to avoid the bigger, faster, hungrier cities loose in the Great Hunting Ground. But now, the sinister plans of Lord Mayor Mangus Crome can finally unfold.
Thaddeus Valentine, London's Head Historian and adored famous archaeologist, and his lovely daughter, Katherine, are down in The Gut when the young assassin with the black scarf strikes toward his heart, saved by the quick intervention of Tom, a lowly third-class apprentice. Racing after the fleeing girl, Tom suddenly glimpses her hideous face: scarred from forehead to jaw, nose a smashed stump, a single eye glaring back at him. "Look at what your Valentine did to me!" she screams. "Ask him! Ask him what he did to Hester Shaw!" And with that she jumps down the waste chute to her death. Minutes later Tom finds himself tumbling down the same chute and stranded in the Out-Country, a sea of mud scored by the huge caterpillar tracks of cities like the one now steaming off over the horizon.
In a stunning literary debut, Philip Reeve has created a painful dangerous unforgettable adventure story of surprises, set in a dark and utterly original world fueled by Municipal Darwinism -- and betrayal.
Please respond by replying to the thread on the Purple Mash blog. I look forward to hearing your predictions :)